Mary Helen Miller

Feature News Producer

Mary Helen Miller was a producer for Around and About from 2012 to 2013.  She now works at the Chattanooga Times-Free Press.

She's also worked in print journalism in New England and Washington, D.C., for few years, and she is a graduate of  Bowdoin College and Girls Preparatory School. She learned to produce radio stories at the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, Mass.



Mon August 6, 2012
Charity Begins At Home

A Night At St. Catherine's

The entrance to St. Catherine's is located on the ground floor of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Women can stay at St. Catherine's Shelter in downtown Chattanooga for about two months, while they recover from addiction, find other housing, or find a job.

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Wed July 25, 2012
No More Puppies

Wally's Friends Offers Special For Pit Bulls

The staff at Wally's Friends, a spay and neuter clinic, weigh a dog before it goes in for surgery.
Mary Helen Miller WUTC

In August, you can spay or neuter your pit bull at Wally's Friends -- on the cheap!

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Tue July 24, 2012
Craft Culture

Chattanooga Woodworking Academy To Open Soon

Bill Carney is preparing to open the Chattanooga Woodworking Academy on South Market Street.
Mary Helen Miller WUTC

Bill Carney has been hard at work preparing the Chattanooga Woodworking Academy for its first students.

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Mon July 23, 2012
Mental Health

Dealing With A Stressful Pregnancy

For some women, pregnancy can be filled with anxiety and depression. Dr. Terri Rieth counsels women with high-risk and high-stress pregnancies.


Thu July 19, 2012
Full Throttle

Buzz About Electric Bikes Still Mostly Overseas

Jonathan Cleary and Lindsey Frost ride electric bikes on Forest Avenue.

Chattanooga has its own electric bike shop, but it's marketing to a tough demographic: Americans.  In China and Europe, electric bikes are a popular form of transportation. But in the U.S., we prefer to do all the pedaling ourselves -- or drive a car.

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Wed July 18, 2012
A Night At The Picture Show

'Ella' To Premiere At Tivoli

Alex, the main character of "Ella," plays a piano in this screen shot from the film.

A short film shot in Chattanooga will premiere this weekend at the Tivoli Theater, which itself is a prominent location in the film. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, for the 8 p.m. screening of "Ella." The film will be followed by a Q&A and a screening of the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

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Tue July 17, 2012
(Almost) Open For Business

Five New Businesses To 'Pop Up' On Chestnut St.

A bagel shop and a gaming lab are among the five new businesses set to open all at once downtown on Chestnut Street next month. It's part of a River City Company effort to bring more retailers downtown.

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Thu July 12, 2012
Airtight Homes

Habitat For Humanity To Use Green Building Standards

From now on, Habitat for Humanity will only build homes that meet a certain set of criteria for efficiency. The organization is working with Better Built, a Chattanooga program that helps people build homes that waste a minimal amount of water and energy.

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Wed July 11, 2012

UTC To Offer Degrees In Occupational Therapy And Integrated Studies

The UT Board of Trustees recently approved two new degrees for UTC – the Bachelor of Integrated Studies and the Occupational Therapy Doctorate.

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Wed July 11, 2012
In Bloom

Family Lines: Orchid Business in Third Generation

Orchids are on display in a greenhouse at Lines Orchids on Signal Mountain.
Mary Helen Miller

Joan McCandless has always had orchids in the backyard. Thousands of them. Her grandfather, Oliver Lines, and father, John Lines, started selling orchids on Signal Mountain more than 60 years ago.

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Tue July 3, 2012
Speaking Of Past Drama

Chattanooga's 'Lady Of The Stage' Talks About Children's Theater In Archival Tapes

Members of the University Players, an acting group at the University of Chattanooga, pose with theater professor Dorothy Hackett Ward, who is standing second from the right, in this 1966 photo.
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Historical Photograph Collection

Dorothy Hackett Ward was a theatrical force in Chattanooga for much of the 20th century, and she told many of her life stories to Norman Bradley in 1983 for the Chattanooga Public Library's oral history project. In these excerpts, Ward discusses outdoor children's performances in downtown Chattanooga and Alton Park. She was in her late 70's at the time of the interview.

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Fri June 29, 2012
Attention All Shoppers

Mobile Market Brings Fresh Food To 'Deserts'

The Chattanooga Mobile Market is parked outside the Chattanooga Area Food Bank on Wednesday morning, before it starts it route.
Mary Helen Miller WUTC


For Chattanoogans who live miles from a grocery store and don't have access to a car, buying groceries can be a constant struggle. But there's a new traveling store that aims to alleviate some of that burden. It's the Chattanooga Mobile Market.

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Tue June 26, 2012
What's The Catch?

An Afternoon On The Pier

Five women fish at Johnson Pier in Riverpark near Chickamauga Dam on June 9.
Mary Helen Miller WUTC


It's hot and sunny on a recent Saturday afternoon, and Lisa Julius is out fishing with her sister and niece at Chickamauga Dam.  There's bream, catfish, and bass to catch. And there's plenty to talk about.


Mon June 25, 2012
Blue In The Face

Five Eat To Win At Market's Pie Contest

Bill Brock and WUTC's Rabbit Zielke face off at the Chattanooga Market's pie eating contest on Sunday.


It was a good old-fashioned American competition at the Chattanooga Market on Sunday: a pie eating contest.

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Fri June 22, 2012
Tiny Trees

The Art Of The Bonsai

This Parsley Hawthorn tree, which is 50 years old, will be on display this weekend at the River Gallery, as part of an exhibit of bonsai trees.
River Gallery


Expert bonsai grower Tom Scott will give a demonstration at the River Gallery,  in the Bluff View Art District, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 23 and 24.

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